Week 2 of the Grocery Games. Team 2 was ready to go. After they planned out the meals, Josiah typed out the grocery list. Take a look:
Notice anything strange on the list? Ant leg? Ear Wax? Un-sticky glue? He just wanted to make it entertaining when his little sister read the list to him in the store. And entertaining it was! They had quite a discussion about what a "Barbie-sized steak" was until he told her it was joke. Later, she got to the "un-sticky glue" and here was her reaction!
Team 2 decided to go for lots of style points this week, and they did get them! The first night they cooked hobo meals over the fire, complete with s'mores for dessert! I was sure the dinner would not be on time, but somehow, they made it with 2 minutes to spare! Plus, you might notice Aliya cooked over the fire wearing heels and a dress under her apron. Although she looked cute, I did not give extra points for fashion.
I asked Team 1 a few questions about their week in the Grocery Games. Here it is!
Team 1 completed their week of cooking and serving meals for the entire family. (You can read all about the Grocery Games HERE). Overall, they did a great job! There were some hiccups along the way, some tears and even a nightmare. But they learned a lot and we ate well! Here are the highlights!
Hurray! It's summer! Time for a break from homework and the rush of the school year. It is also a great time to work on helping our kids build life skills. We know our kids will someday have to "paddle their own canoe" and we want to help prepare them for independence.
In our house this summer, we are working on planning meals, shopping for groceries, and cooking and serving meals for the whole family. In order to make this a little more FUN, we are doing something called "The Landes Grocery Games".
We divided the kids into teams: a big kid and little kid on each team. Team one is up this week.
They are in charge of planning, shopping, cooking and serving the meals for five days. They can earn points by doing things like staying within their budget, serving meals on time, including fruits and vegetables, and making at least one meal vegetarian.
When we think about serving with our family, we start with the example of Jesus.
At times he taught or fed a huge crowd, but more often he just healed, touched, or cared for one person at a time. That is a great place to start when your kids are little. You don’t need to do something big for a large group of people. Instead, start small: just love and serve one person. Pray as a family for God to show you someone you can love. And then find a simple, small way to do it.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
It has become natural for my kids to serve. Wherever we are, they seek ways to help other people. When we go somewhere, they don’t ask “What do I have to do?” but they ask, “What can we do?” I don’t have to ask them to serve. It is embedded in them. “
A recent article says, “ A study conducted by Marty Rossman, professor emeritus at University of Minnesota, found that children who were taught to participate in chores at age 3 or 4 were more likely to be self-sufficient, maintain positive relationships with family, and achieve success in school and careers than those who didn’t.“
Here are 8 tips for getting your kids to do their chores!
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Here are some of the studies we reference in our workshops. If you want to delve deeper into these studies, these two books (and even more importantly, their footnotes), will get you started.